Schools should focus on education, not aesthetics

2013-06-16T00:00:00Z Schools should focus on education, not aesthetics nwitimes.com
June 16, 2013 12:00 am

Your June 10 article regarding Ivy Tech’s $68 million deficit was exquisitely ironic. Right next to that article is a maintenance person wiring the fountain. Hmm, $68 million in the hole, but we can’t do without the fountain!

Also, in the background is the school building (entrance, I suspect) with nine stacked panels of plate glass windows. Looks super, but fuel inefficient compared to bricks and insulation.

I cannot understand why schools in particular, don’t attempt to concentrate their money on education, instead of running up their fixed costs on beautification like expensive facades, maintenance-hungry landscaping, fountains, etc.

A school that becomes respected for its excellent education will hardly attract a single student because the fountain works or the building is beautiful.

I hope Ivy Tech reviews its priorities in this respect.

- Tim Kinach, Crown Point

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